2012 Baby's First Test Challenge Awards - Request for Proposals
October 6, 2011
|Contact: Natasha Bonhomme
2012 Baby’s First Test Challenge Awards
Genetic Alliance Funds Innovation in Newborn Screening
Request for Proposals Released
WASHINGTON, DC – October 6, 2011 – Genetic Alliance invites proposals for the 2012 Baby’s First Test Challenge Awards. Genetic Alliance will distribute several Awards up to $20,000 each for organizations to integrate Baby’s First Test into new or existing outreach, engagement, or educational efforts.
Baby’s First Test was created as a newborn screening resource that directs users to current information, materials, resources, and data on newborn screening education, family support, and services. In addition to increasing awareness, knowledge, and understanding of newborn screening as a process and system, over the past year this clearinghouse of information has connected key stakeholders to resources that are highly valuable, but historically difficult to find or access due to the high costs of dissemination and outreach.
Genetic Alliance, through Baby’s First Test, will fund proposals that detail innovative solutions to challenges in the newborn screening system. The full Request for Proposals is available on http://www.BabysFirstTest.org/innovation. Proposals will be accepted until November 7, 2011, 6:00 PM EST. Genetic Alliance will consider proposals submitted from nonprofit organizations, public health groups, research institutions, and private-sector companies. A question and answer webinar will be held on October 21, 2011, from noon to 1:00 p.m. EST. Register online at http://www.geneticalliance.org/webinars.
The 2012 Baby’s First Test Challenge Awards are an opportunity to build a bridge between Baby’s First Test and the existing programs, resources, and expertise in the newborn screening community. “In the last year we have seen our Challenge Awards truly impact education about newborn screening,” said Natasha Bonhomme, Baby’s First Test project director. “This next set of awards will also spur creativity and innovation – two qualities that are at the core of newborn screening and maternal and child health.”
To read about the current Challenge Awards, please visit: http://www.babysfirsttest.org/babys-first-test-newsletter
About Genetic Alliance
Genetic Alliance transforms health through genetics, promoting an environment of openness centered on the health of individuals, families, and communities. Genetic Alliance brings together diverse stakeholders that create novel partnerships in advocacy; integrates individual, family, and community perspectives to improve health systems; and revolutionizes access to information to enable translation of research into services and individualized decision making. For more information about Genetic Alliance, visit http://www.geneticalliance.org.